Alaskan Fireweeds, Kenai River

If you live in Alaska you know how ubiquitous the native Fireweed is. But coming from California, I had never seen this beautiful flower before. It turns out this flower can be used for delicious jams as well. I took this photo near a major salmon fishing river (which doesn't say much about where it actually is). Not to sully the image, but one must question just how much fertilizer these fireweeds receive from the local fishermen. via